Cristiano Ronaldo - now a subject in a Canadian University
University of British Columbia Okanagan has been reported to have started a fourth-year sociology course, which is aimed at this year’s Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo. The University will use the Real Madrid star as the main subject of their degree in sociology, which will offer courses that include modules like ‘The commodification of Cristiano Ronaldo’. It follows a similar trend in the lines of Staffordshire University, which once gave a degree on David Beckham.
Ronaldo phenomenon, an apt sociological subject: Aguiar
The Telegraph reported that the course on the Portuguese international will not teach the students on how to do incredible stepovers or to score goals with stylish freekicks, but will be focused on the cultural importance of Ronaldo’s fame and its effects on the society.
Okanagan University professor Luis Aguiar described how the lifestyle and fame of a famous celebrity makes an ideal sociological subject.
He said: “Ronaldo is the center and every discussion, class meeting revolves around Ronaldo initially. And then we explore, we broaden out to larger themes. So it starts with Ronaldo but Ronaldo is almost like a springboard to talk about larger issues that are much more sociologically significant than just a biography of Ronaldo.”
Aguiar further confessed about whether the former Manchester United man knew about the studies on him offered in the university, he said: ‘I don’t know if Ronaldo knows about the course.”
“I haven’t heard from Ronaldo, I haven’t heard from his entourage,” he adds. “I would love to hear from either one, and I would love to have Ronaldo maybe Skyping into the class.”
We’re pretty sure as soon as the Portuguese gets wind of this, he’ll only be too happy to talk about himself.